Indiana Fever forward-guard Kate Starbird will not play in the WNBA this year, saying yesterday she needs to rest and spend time with her...

Share story

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Fever forward-guard Kate Starbird will not play in the WNBA this year, saying yesterday she needs to rest and spend time with her family.

The 6-foot-1 Starbird, who joined the Fever before last season, said, “I plan to continue playing basketball in Europe in the fall and haven’t ruled out a return to the WNBA for the 2006 season.”

Starbird, 29, played in Spain the past two winters.

Starbird was a standout at Lakes High School in suburban Tacoma and an All-American at Stanford. She has played for the Seattle Reign of the defunct American Basketball League and the WNBA Storm.

Starbird was waived by the Storm in May 2003.

She averaged 1.7 points and 9.8 minutes in 12 games for Indiana last year.